Owners and a carer accused after probe into Preston care home abuse claims

Briarwood Rest Home

Briarwood Rest Home

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Three people have been charged after an investigation into claims of abuse and neglect at a care home near Preston.

The joint owners of Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall, together with a carer, have been charged with 29 offences in relation to eight people, who were aged between 88 and 99.

Joint owners Indradee, 58, and Meghadeven Pumbien, 62, of Grosvenor Place, Preston, and carer Niphawan Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street, Preston, have been charged after a complex and lengthy police investigation into the home.

The charges include wounding, ill treatment and neglect and perverting the course of justice.

The care home has since closed, and Lancashire County Council stepped in to rehome the 18 residents, who are all aged over 65 and requiring nursing care.

Indradee Pumbien is charged with 20 offences of being a carer involved in the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person.

She is also charged with two offences of committing an act with the intent to pervert the course of justice.

Her husband Meghadeven Pumbien is charged with three offences of ill treatment and wilful neglect, as well as one count of intending to pervert the course of justice.

Nipahawan Berry, who was a member of staff at the home in Tod Lane South, Lostock Hall, is charged with one offence of wounding.

She is also charged with two offences of ill treatment and wilful neglect. All the charges relate to a period between April 2013 and June 2014.

The Evening Post revealed in June that an investigation had been launched at the home after a complaint.

At the time Lancashire County Council confirmed that it had put its own staff in to help run the home.

A week later it was revealed that the care home was closing. It is believed the home is set to reopen under new ownership and management in January.

Today a Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, three people have been charged with offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

“The charges are the result of a complex investigation by Lancashire Constabulary into alleged mistreatment of vulnerable adults at the Briarwood Rest Home.”

The three will appear before Preston magistrates on December 10.